10 Art Exhibits to See This July

Travel the country through paintings.


(SPOT.ph) Aside from highlighting our view of the world, art also celebrates our culture as Filipinos and recounts traditions from all over the country. For the month of July, we are presented with a lineup of exhibits that feature various regions in the Philippines—from the rural areas at different points in time to the mythological space of gods and goddesses, to working communities and their way of life, as well as the grimy streets of Manila.


"Tanawin ng Lungsod Roxas" by Pedro Ardeña


Distinct Refinements: Painting from the Provinces

If you've lived in the city all your life, you might want to check out artworks from different eras and various provinces in the Philippines through the Metropolitan Museum of Manila's newest exhibition. Curated by Santiago Albano Pilar, the images narrate stories in the typical rural milieu: nipa huts on the hillside, women in their baro't saya, fiestas, and other community traditions.


The exhibit runs until October 28 at Tall Galleries, Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Malate, Manila. For more information, visit MET's website.


"Free Will" by Warren Balane



Prism Gallery presents works by GSIS National Art Competition Awardees Warren Balane and Fred Orig. Balane, who hails from Camarines Sur, uses his art to highlight Bicolano culture. The Bicolano goddess Daragang Magayong is ever-present in his depictions which he calls "Laing Culture." Orig, on the other hand, uses scenes from his hometown in Dumangas, Iloilo, to highlight the sugar plantation life in the islands.



The exhibit runs until July 15 at Prism Gallery, G/F Island Tower Condominium, 239 Salcedo Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City. For more information, visit Prism Gallery on Facebook.



The Undercurrent

The Undercurrent features 30 Filipino artists who are all under 30 years old and use a range of media, from sculpture to print. They include painter Isobel Francisco, comic books creator Rob Cham, street artist Jappy Agoncillo, graphic designer Soleil Ignacio, and more. This generation represents the new wave of Filipino art, which is a mix of the traditional and digital.


The exhibit runs until July 30 at Pineapple Lab, 6071 R. Palma Street, Poblacion, Makati City. For more information, visit Pineapple Lab's website.


"I Punch, You Squeak" by Eva Yu


Hypnotic Synthesis

Four artists come together in a painting exhibition that blurs the line between psychology and physiology, imagination and real life, and even individualism and shared spaces. Wipo shows his signature style of abstract expressionism, Eva Yu uses computer-generated effects to implement abstractions in her watercolor paintings, Art Tavera amps up her game from painting on flat surfaces for street art to a multi-dimensional space, and Gail Vicente depicts nature as a state of being through landscape renditions.


The exhibit runs until July 22 at Artery Art Space, 102 P. Tuazon Boulevard, Cubao, Quezon City. For more information, visit Artery's Facebook page.



Cotton Candy

Cotton Candy celebrates the vibrant female energy and power of the female form through Marijoe Piñon's fluid art. The exhibit is a collection of all the experiences of women she has met and encountered in her day-to-day existence.



The exhibit runs until July 22 at Vetro, 135 Congressional Avenue, Project 8, Quezon City. For more information, visit Vetro's website.


"WIP" by John Ed De Vera



We've heard of horror stories in the advertising industry—from last-minute revisions demanded by a client, to impossible job orders and excessive overtime requirements. The group exhibit _Revision creates a safe space and no-holds-barred platform for the creatives, art directors, and illustrators who just need a break from the corporate world.


The exhibit runs until July 15 at NOVA Gallery Manila, Warehouse 12A, La Fuerza Compound, 2241 Don Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City. For more information, visit NOVA's website.



Situation Amongst the Furnishings

Dina Gadia for her sixth solo exhibit at Silverlens focuses on an all-painting exhibit that explores a mix of political and personal issues handled with wit. She breaks out of her comfort zone of book-sized collages and into the complex constructions of large paintings.


The exhibit runs until July 13 at Silverlens, 2263 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit Silverlens' website.


"Waves" by Roberto Chabet



To celebrate MO_Space's 10th anniversary as a gallery, they revisit Roberto Chabet’s historic plywood installation, “Waves” (1975). It is composed of 21 plywood panels, each one with mimicking undulations on the water's surface or, in other words, waves. Painted in pale blue, the wood absorbs the colored spotlights to heighten the drama.


The exhibit runs until July 30 at MO_Space, 3/F MOS_Design Building, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City. For more information, visit MO_Space's website.



Artwork by Ciron Señeres


Gray Horizon

Tondo, the largest and most populous district in Manila, is known to have the filthiest streets and unsafe neighborhoods. Artist Ciron Señeres gives his own perspective on this town through 36 new works with his distinct painting style of thick black and white strokes. He attempts to unfold the drama and struggle for human dignity amid tremendous odds in this show.


The exhibit runs until July 23 at Pasilyo Vicente Manansala, 2/F Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. For more information, visit CCP's website.




With his signature style of colorful protagonists set in landscapes and seascapes, Pow Martinez reflects on the failure of utopian ideals and how technology has made a major impact on how we define progress. This theme is explored through the comparison of cannibalism with real-life materialism and capitalism.


The exhibit runs until July 13 at Silverlens, 2263 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit Silverlens' website.


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